Red Apple Group Limited | Drake House, Plymouth Road, Penarth, Cardiff, CF64 3TP. Registered in England and Wales under Company Number 2864963. Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Pool as ever, thence to The SandMartin. Please remember , if you need kit (or have asked for kit but cant make pool) to let me or Steve know
I’m not sure I can do justice to this weekend in write up, you may just have to tune into Mark and Matt’s footage on Facebook
Saturday saw just Me Steve and Kaz filling up the boat for Brian Dilly. He’d chartered a boat “Blue Thunder”, which was “compact and bijou” if I’m being kind. Bit
bloody small if I’m honest. Never mind, everyone on board was friendly, so we steamed off into the Haven. My post breakfast nap was rudely interrupted by the skipper’s command “get all the kit of the (central) bench”. Turned out the engine had overheated and
the access was via the kit stand! Luckily Alex Dilly was close enough to pop over in a rib, to stop us drifting into the main shipping channel. Some 20 minutes later however, all was put to rights, and we set off for The Lucy/Rye Rocks which was wrapped in
fog when we arrived. Undeterred we jumped in for the splash and dash which is standard on a Lucy dive on air.It was also a little dark as the sun hadn’t yet burnt off the mist!
Second dive was a very pleasant bimble on North Wall, including some nice Crayfish peeking out of an overhang.
Sunday and a slight change in clientele, and an earlier start, as Brian had listened to the whispers and had promised us a trip to The Smalls. My day didn’t start
well, when it turned out my twin 7’s had the same amount of air in that they went in with the night before! Thanks Dave! Brian to the rescue as ever with the lend of a 15l.
We bimbled out via Dale (“The fuel guage isn’t working, so we’re taking some spare fuel just in case”, boded well). It’s a long trek out there, enough for a lot of
sun! Finally we arrived, kitted up quickly – its just too hot in those suits!
The seals were waiting……..Mark and Matt have some great footage – Steve is yet to download, and I have the odd blurry glimpse of a sleek grey shape.
The Smalls did not disappoint. There were walls of dead men’s fingers (oddly appropriate given The Smalls most famous tale). Lots of life of all sorts including the
playful seals. We did have one old boy watching the fantastic three trying to catch a lobster. Kaz managed to hook the beast out, I missed it as it whizzed in front of me. Steve didn’t notice when it landed in front of him, Kaz missed it on first swoop, and
finally caught up with crustacean in front of this seal. The seals face was pretty much “WTF”.
With the currents picking up, we retreated (much to Emily’s delight) to that aromatic lump of rock, Grassholm for a final bimble. So many crabs of all shapes and sizes
– and Matt and Emily got the seals again.
I wouldn’t make a rush back to use this boat again (not sure that Brian would either), and The Smalls is definitely better on a Saturday when you have the Sunday to
recover – it was pretty much 11 hours from start to finish – but I wouldn’t have missed a minute of it!
Turn on your air before getting in the water – buddy check might have helped, Mr DO!
Plymouth and Weymouth
Both trips now full!
Dive Show - NEC
Dive tickets are now on sale, 2 -4-1 at present, so find yourself a buddy or advertise on the facebook page for someone to go with/buy a ticket with
Dive show 2018 (27/28 Oct - yes just before the Egypt trip)
Buy One* Get One FREE!
* At the on-the-door price of £14.50 (booking fee applies)
For a limited period ONLY!
Enter EARLYBIRD2-4-1 in the "If you have a promo code please enter here" box and click "GO"
In the next window select 2 adult tickets next to the Gold Star option when selecting tickets.
Plus - pick up a FREE Show Guide worth £2.50 at the Show (one per ticket order).
Tickets will ONLY be available from our website through Ticket Factory.
Book your Buy One, Get One Free tickets at
Be aware- "Select which day you’re likely to attend, but if you change your mind – don’t panic - All tickets will be valid for either day, but tickets can only be
used once!" - so good thing theres no conference and we're not staying over!
If you are on Facebook, and aren’t yet friends of Cardiff BSAC, please do sign up for that,
you may get to hear of dives/events as the details are released!
If you don’t use Facebook, consider signing up – even if you only use it for club information!
Don’t forget we have tide tables for 12 months + on our website – great tool for planning your UK diving! Thanks to Mark for